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Dodgers Officially Sign Joe Kelly with Plenty of Incentives

The Los Angeles Dodgers officially announced the signing of reliever Joe Kelly on Friday. Moreover, some interesting details about Kelly’s contract incentives with the Dodgers were released.

Bob Nightengale and Jorge Castillo released some interesting on details of the contract on twitter:

Joey Kelly Contract Incentives

Interestingly, the Dodgers are awarding Kelly for games finished. Equally important, this can come in a save or non-save situation. This is very key – perhaps the two sides see Kelly as a necessary sidekick for Kenley Jansen moving into the future.

Kelly has shown the propensity and stuff to be a late-inning reliever. As evidenced in the 2018 World Series, when he had 10 strikeouts in six innings against the Dodgers.

Joe Kelly Officially Announced As Los Angeles Dodger

The Los Angeles Dodgers made the local boy come home, and ink officially met paper on Friday. From the official press release:

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Joe Kelly to a three-year contract.

Kelly, 30, is 43-25 with a 3.87 ERA in 250 career Major League games (79 starts) over seven seasons with St. Louis (2012-14) and Boston (2014-18). As a reliever, Kelly has posted a 3.29 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP, a .234 opponents’ batting average and 190 strikeouts in 194.0 innings in 171 games. In 21 career postseason relief appearances, Kelly has posted a 1.07 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP, while limiting opposing hitters to a .189 batting average.

Kelly was originally selected by St. Louis in the 3rd round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of California, Riverside, where he set the team’s career saves record (24). He attended Corona High School in Corona, California.

Furthermore, Kelly sounds like he is interested in being a ‘team’ guy. It’s nice to hear that he doesn’t have the expectation of a specific role. Los Angeles can use this flexibility to get the most out of Kelly and get the big outs late.

Analysis

The most interesting part of all this news is of course, the incentives piece. I wanted a relief-ace all offseason, and while I had delusions of others who have recently signed; Kelly really does fit the mold. He will be a great fit in Dodger Blue, and I am excited to see the California boy flourish and bring a title to Los Angeles.

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Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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